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"costly" in American English

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costlyadjective

us   /ˈkɔs·tli/
  • costly adjective (MAKING YOU SPEND MONEY)

expensive: This procedure can be very costly.
  • costly adjective (MAKING YOU GIVE OR LOSE SOMETHING)

done by making you give or lose something of value: Her costly mistake allowed the opponents to score.
(Definition of costly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"costly" in Business English

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costlyadjective

uk   /ˈkɒstli/ us  
costing a lot of money: costly repairs The delays in the schedule proved very costly.
harmful, and involving a lot of loss or damage: Their failure to consult staff members was a costly mistake.
(Definition of costly from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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